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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Absolutely Stunning Hooks on: August 07, 2006 06:26:15 AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Anne and Brian, who run "Brainsbarn" (www.brainsbarn.com), at the CGOA Convention a few weeks ago. I found them to be the most delightful, warm, and fun couple. Brian is the mastermind behind the creation of some of the most spectacular hooks I've seen to date. Anne is the Jack of all Trades who runs the business end of the operation, plus she does all the crocheting, ;-)

Recently, I had the honor of receiving two of Brian's finest hooks, one of which includes a peridot (my birthstone) set amongst silver accents. It's just stunning! The other equally beautiful hook is carved from bone and pink ivory and as Brian has indicated, it's carved to "aerospace tolerances!" meaning, it's accurate right to the millimeter.

I already own the first Tunisian hook Brian created, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to receive two additional hooks. I'll be using them for an upcoming taping of Uncommon Threads on the DIY Network.

Check out my blog entry for close-up pictures of the hooks:


Gorgeous, right?
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / SNB HH on Entertainment Weekly's MUST List! on: March 28, 2006 01:08:11 PM
Check it out!


How cool is THAT? Congrats again Deb!
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Errata in Sweet Pea Shawl on: March 11, 2006 07:23:36 AM
Here's the official errata fix from Deb:

The chart for the lace pattern is correct, however, the directions for Row 3 should read as follows (corrections in bold):
Ch1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next ch-3 space, shell in center ch of next ch-3 loop, ch 1, sk next ch-3 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, turn19 shells.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Regular Crochet Videos on: February 21, 2006 09:35:23 AM
Hi all,

I hope everyone is enjoying the Crochet Olympics. I can see by looking at people's blogs that many are very involved with the event. Wish I had time to join in. I've been busy myself.

Speaking of busy, yesterday I began shooting new regular crochet videos. Here's a list:

Changing Colors
Clusters (sc2tog, sc3tog)
Buillion Stitch
Double Crochet
Double treble crochet
Front and back post stitches
Front and Back cross-stitch
Half-double crochet
Joining yarn in various places
Joining motifs
Loop (fur) stitch
Love knot
Picot stitch
Popcorn stitch
Puff stitch
Spike stitch
Single crochet
Shell stitch
Slip stitch
Treble crochet
Triple treble crochet
Turning work
Working in rounds

Check out the list and let me know what else you might be interested in seeing. I also did a video on the difference between blanket and garment turning.

I'll be finishing the videos tomorrow night, so time is of the essence!
5  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Jersey Hookers Unite! on: July 22, 2005 09:50:30 AM
Call me crazy, but I made this *little* button in order to start a ring for Jersey Hookers. If all goes well, I'll also make a ring for Tri-State (NY, NJ, and PA) Hookers.

If you're interested in being in the Jersey ring, go to my blog and click "join" under the picture in my sidebar.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Free Sultry Scarf Crochet Pattern by NexStitch on: July 19, 2005 10:51:11 AM
I just wanted to let you know that I have released the first of many free crochet patterns on my site.  Here's a direct link to the pattern. It's in PDF format. Just download and save to your hard drive. Enjoy!


7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Some Weaving Related Things I Just Found on: July 03, 2005 10:28:52 PM
Some helpful links:


This second link is where I go that first one from. It's someone's blog.  Scroll down about 10% of the way down.  You'll come across the only black and white picture.  There's some interesting info there:


8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / YARN STANDARDS: FOR TUTE GIVERS on: July 03, 2005 06:42:03 AM
Hey Ladies,

After skimming the boards, I see a lot of people are being kind enough to pass on the patterns they've invented on their own.  However, some people use their own made up abbreviations which sometimes confuse people.  This is a link to a website for yarn standards.  These are the abbreviations you'd see in any pattern book bought from a major company:


If we keep all the abbreviations the same "apples with be apples" and "SLST (Slip Stitch) will be SLST" and not SS or just plain S as I've seen before.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / "She Wore an Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie.....Brown Corded Stitch Bikini!" - Update on: June 30, 2005 03:22:49 PM

I just wanted to share my latest in progress project.  I've been slaving away for 4 days now trying to get this right!  I'm still working on it, but this is what I've got so far:

Berocco Suede using Tunisian Stitching (Corded Stitch).

I still have to attach the metal "clips" and do some other finishing work.  Ugh...more finishing work!

UPDATE: This is what the final bikini came out like.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / MyCrochetBlog.com... on: May 24, 2005 02:05:35 PM
Did everyone check this out already? Kim at Crochetme.com has opened up a blogging site called, "My Crochet Blog" which looks pretty cool.  It's an ALL CROCHET BLOG site!  There are templates already set up for the taking.  (I like both of them, but the first one with the car is pretty groovy).

Check it out for yourself!

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